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COVID-19 Emergency Causes ICSC to Postpone RECon

ICSC postponed RECon, the retail industry’s key conference that was scheduled for May 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, and attracts nearly 40,000 attendees. The NY-based industry association cited the rapidly escalating impact and threat from COVID-19 as the reason behind the decision to reschedule the world’s largest global gathering of retail and commercial real estate professionals.

ICSC said in a release, “In consideration of these developments and the fluidity of the situation, we have decided to suspend all ICSC events, including RECon, through June 30, 2020. RECon will not take place in May, and we are currently evaluating potential new dates and alternatives for later in the year.”

The group said the move to push back an event that has a more than 40-year history was made “to explicitly protect the health, safety and well-being of our members, attendees and exhibitors.” ICSC is evaluating several potential new dates to host RECon in Las Vegas later this year. Current RECon registrations will automatically rollover to the new dates.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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